Current Board Members

Ramin Bagheri

Advisor/ Coach/ Senior Business Developer, SAP

Ramin Bagheri is an enthusiastic and engaged technology expert with more than two decades of industry experience in Go-To-Market (GTM), Product Management, Product Strategy and Business Analysis. Fluent in multiple languages including German and Persian Ramin coaches innovative teams within SAP Intrapreneurship program.
Linda Bernardi

Author: The Inversion Factor. Former Chief Development & Strategy Officer Element AI & IBM Chief Innovation Officer.

Linda Bernardi has a passion for innovation & leadership, Linda possesses a unique vision and a fierce commitment to promoting innovative, disruptive ideas and technologies. In her role as “innovation provocateur,” Linda helps organizations break free of their comfort zone, defy conventional wisdom, and shatter outdated paradigms in their quest for marketchanging products, services and methods.
Mahboob Bolandi

Founder / President, Karafarin Canada

Mahboob ​Bolandi is a visionary entrepreneur and passionate community activist who is based in Toronto. He is the Founding President of Karafarin Canada, a community driven entrepreneurship network in Toronto and Founder/ CEO of Texers Inc. He serves on the board of several community organizations such as MOHANDES, Sharif University of Technology Association-Toronto, Member of the Board of Trustees & Senior Adviser at Funding Departments of TIRGAN, and TRIEC.
Haleh Bridi

Director, The world Bank

Haleh Bridi has had a long experience in international development, having spent many years at the World Bank and the OPEC Fund working on economic development projects and challenges in Africa, Central Asia and across the Middle East. She sees many opportunities for young entrepreneurs of Iranian descent to explore tech opportunities in untraditional frontier markets such as Africa, parts of Asia and the Middle East.
Nadereh Chamlou

Former Senior Advisor, The World Bank Group

Nadereh Chamlou is an international development expert and a former Senior Advisor at the World Bank where she focused on entrepreneurship and private sector development, particularly on promoting growth and competitiveness through better utilization of the talent pool, inclusion, and gender equality. She authored seminal publications and currently serves on the board of several international non-profits.
Ali Dadpay

Professor of Economics, St. Edward’s University

Ali Dadpay is an innovative academician who has lead business programs in universities with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation based economy. He conducts analytical studies in market research, forecasting and risk assessment in collaboration with community organizations, public agencies and businesses.
Fereydooun Taslimi

Founder, Sensorscall

Fereydoun Taslimi started his first venture in 1976 developing one the earliest Farsi micro-computer systems when he was a graduate student at Georgia Tech, the company later was acquired, and he went on to found a number of companies in various areas of technologies including, smart switches, interactive voice response systems, knowledge management, information discovery, network monitoring and security. One went public, several failed and two were subsequently were acquired after successful growth. Presently he is the founder of Sensorscall, developing an IOT/AI based solutions for aging in place market.